— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Quoted in The Aging American
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
„Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.“
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916
„There is a saying as old as the Greeks that it is more important to form good habits than to frame good laws.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Context: There is a saying as old as the Greeks that it is more important to form good habits than to frame good laws. There is an undercurrent of suspicion that this is true and that, like patriotism, legislation is not enough. The hopes held out when laws are framed are not always realised when laws are passed... What happens to all the laws placed on the statute book? If half the hopes of their promoters had been realised, would not the millennium have arrived ere this? The John Clifford Lecture at Coventry (14 July 1930), published in This Torch of Freedom (1935), p. 46.
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Context: Grow up as good revolutionaries. Study hard to be able to dominate the techniques that permit the domination of nature. Remember that the Revolution is what is important and that each of us, on our own, is worthless.
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
„The Word that speaks Truth into Chaos at the beginning of time, to generate habitable order that is Good – that's the story.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„The habits of study acquired at Universities are of the highest importance in after-life. At the season when you are in young years the whole mind is, as it were, fluid, and is capable of forming itself into any shape that the owner of the mind pleases to order it to form itself into. The mind is in a fluid state, but it hardens up gradually to the consistency of rock or iron, and you cannot alter the habits of an old man, but as he has begun he will proceed and go on to the last.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
„For legislators make the citizens good by forming habits in them, and this is the wish of every legislator, and those who do not effect it miss their mark, and it is in this that a good constitution differs from a bad one.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
Book II, 1103b.4
„I talk about the things people have always talked about in stories: pain, hate, truth, courage, destiny, friendship, responsibility, growing old, growing up, falling in love, all of these things.“
— Harlan Ellison American writer 1934
Context: I talk about the things people have always talked about in stories: pain, hate, truth, courage, destiny, friendship, responsibility, growing old, growing up, falling in love, all of these things. What I try to write about are the darkest things in the soul, the mortal dreads. I try to go into those places in me that contain the cauldrous. I want to dip up the fire, and I want to put it on paper. The closer I get to the burning core of my being, the things which are most painful to me, the better is my work. … It is a love/hate relationship I have with the human race. I am an elitist, and I feel that my responsibility is to drag the human race along with me — that I will never pander to, or speak down to, or play the safe game. Because my immortal soul will be lost. As quoted in Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields (1982) by Ann Evory
„Russian forests crash down under the axe, billions of trees are dying, the habitations of animals and birds are laid waste, rivers grow shallow and dry up, marvelous landscapes are disappearing forever.... Man is endowed with creativity in order to multiply that which has been given him; he has not created, but destroyed. There are fewer and fewer forests, rivers are drying up, wildlife has become extinct, the climate is ruined, and the earth is becoming ever poorer and uglier.“
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
„The delusion of invincibility can never grow up in the mind of anyone except one who has never met a strong antagonist.“
— George Salmon mathematician and Anglican theologian 1819 - 1904
The Infallibility of the Church (London: John Murray, 1888; 4th ed. 1914), p. 111 https://archive.org/stream/a607385500salmuoft#page/n143/mode/2up.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: Man, in order to escape his conflicts, has invented many forms of meditation. These have been based on desire, will, and the urge for achievement, and imply conflict and a struggle to arrive. This conscious, deliberate striving is always within the limits of a conditioned mind, and in this there is no freedom. All effort to meditate is the denial of meditation. Meditation is the ending of thought. It is only then that there is a different dimension which is beyond time. Preface
„The gesture that divides madness is the constitutive one, not the science that grows up in the calm that returns after the division has been made.“
— Michel Foucault French philosopher 1926 - 1984
Preface to 1961 edition